29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs To Cure Secondary Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In Chinese, amenorrhea or absence of menstruation is called Bi Jing. Bi and Jing translate to ‘closed’ and ‘menstruation’ respectively. There are two kinds of amenorrhea:

1. Primary Amenorrhea – This relatively rare form of amenorrhea occurs when a woman who has reached 17 years of age has yet to experience a menstruation. Primary amenorrhea can be due to an eating disorder, a serious health condition, brain tumor, endocrine dysfunction, or an anatomical or genetic abnormality.

2. Secondary Amenorrhea – Can be diagnosed when a woman who has been experiencing normal menstrual cycles suddenly stopped having them for three months or more. Secondary amenorrhea can be due to anorexia or weight loss and irregular production of hormones in the uterus, ovaries, or the brain

Amenorrhea can also normally occur when a woman is pregnant or when she is breastfeeding. Her menstrual cycle resumes once her pregnancy and breastfeeding are over.

Secondary amenorrhea can be very effectively addressed using Chinese herbal medicine. But prior to the start of treatment, your practitioner first needs to rule out any serious condition or pregnancy in you. There are herbs designed to remedy amenorrhea but a lot of them are contraindicated for pregnant women, therefore, caution always needs to be taken when using these herbs.

Each women experience menses, pregnancy, delivery, and lactation in her own unique way. Blood, in Chinese medicine, is the basic element these functions all share in common. In Chinese medicine, there is a saying that goes like this: “For men, vital energy or Qi is the most important aspect of the body; for women, it is blood”.

Amenorrhea can be caused several different factors. They include oral contraceptives, too much work, diet, hereditary weakness, too much exercise of physical work, and emotional stress.

According to Chinese medicine, the body has two main organs that play a role in the development of amenorrhea. They are the Kidneys and Liver.

The Kidneys are where Jing or essence resides. Jing is an indispensable and fundamental substance of life. It is inherited to the fetus by the parents during conception. The baby will be strong if the Jing is strong. The basis of a person’s mental and physical development, sexual function, maturation into adulthood, and goring old healthy is Jing. This essence also plays a major role in the formation of menstrual blood, which means that a woman may be unable to experience normal periods if her Jing is too weak. Jing can be beefed up by following a healthy lifestyle and diet.

The Liver is the organ system that calms the emotion and is where blood is stored. Therefore, when a woman has deficient Liver Blood, it means that she has not enough blood in her body that would allow her to menstruate. Usually, if a person has deficient blood, he or she also has deficient Qi. It is also Liver that makes it possible for Qi to circulate throughout the body. This organ system can be damaged by strong emotions such as sadness, anger, and stress, causing the flow of Qi to slow down and stagnate, and can interrupt a woman’s monthly cycle.

The supply of Qi and Blood can be built up with Chinese herbal medicine. This treatment can also help relieve stress and rebalance the hormones of a person. Since a woman’s body can return to a state of balance and health with the help of acupuncture in Overland Park and Chinese herbs, she may experience normal monthly periods once again.

02. May 2016 · Comments Off on Several Forms of Treatment for Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Amenorrhea is a disorder that involves the menstrual cycle of a woman distinguished by the absence of any menstruation. This condition strikes about two percent to five percent of women in the United States. It can indicate health problems for women who are not going through menopause or for women who are not pregnant.

Types of Amenorrhea

There are two types of amenorrhea:

Primary Amenorrhea – This is a condition in which by the age of 16, a girl still hasn’t experienced any menses.

Secondary Amenorrhea – Women suffering from this type of condition has had at least one normal menstrual cycle. Thereafter, their menstruation has stopped for one reason or another. You may be considered to have secondary amenorrhea if your menses has ceased for a minimum of three months.

Factors that Can Cause Amenorrhea

-Poor nutrition
-Heart disease, nephritis, and tuberculosis
-Anemia, and problems with your ovaries, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland
-Stress
-Bulimia, anorexia, and other eating disorders
-Rapid gain or loss of weight
-Strenuous exercise

Symptoms of Amenorrhea

The absence of menstruation is the most obvious sign of amenorrhea. Sometimes, though, this condition can be accompanied by other less-prominent symptoms such as:

-Change in sexual drive
-The development of facial hair
-Deeper voice
-Reduction in breast size
-Secretions from the breasts

Consult with your healthcare provider if you notice a rise in any of these symptoms.

Complications Associated with Amenorrhea

Listed below are some of the reproductive health complications that may arise from amenorrhea.

-PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome: this is a disease in which several cysts form over the ovaries
-Hirsutism: this condition arises when the pituitary gland secretes excess hormone
-Uterine fibroids: this condition causes the development of wart-like growths on the outside or inside the uterine wall

Treatments for Amenorrhea

The type of treatment to be used for amenorrhea depends on the factors that cause the condition.

Western Modes of Treatment (Allopathic Therapy)

-Stress reduction techniques: these help to normalize your menstrual cycle
-Counseling for the treatment of eating disorders
-Dietary therapy: this includes consuming more calories and fat changes to help improve estrogen production.
-Hormonal supplements such as HRT (hormone replacement therapy or birth control patches or pills. These supplements can lead to normal menstruation by regulating the hormones.
Surgery to extract the fibroids or cysts causing amenorrhea

Chinese Medicine for Amenorrhea

The Etiology and Pathology of Amenorrhea from the Viewpoint of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

In TCM, amenorrhea is believed to be a complex pattern that can manifest in a woman, which can be categorized as either conditions of deficiency or excess. When a pattern of deficiency is seen, this means that the “blood” and essence of the patient are insufficient. No blood can be discharged when the ‘Sea of Blood’ is empty. In an “Excess” pattern, blockages have developed in the meridians or energy pathways of the body.

Deficiency Patterns

-Dryness of blood
-Yin depletion
-Deficiency of Blood and/or Qi
-Deficiency of Kidney or Liver Qi

Excess Patterns:

-Dampness
-Blockage caused by phlegm
-Qi stagnation

Amenorrhea can be resolved using several Chinese herbal formulas. If a pattern of deficiency is causing your condition, the herbal remedy to be used is meant to free and supplement the menstruation; if a pattern of excess is the culprit, the herbs used should free the menstruation by clearing the cause of the excess. If other type of illnesses is causing the amenorrhea, we first need to address the main cause of the illness before addressing the amenorrhea itself.

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31. August 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When a lady experiences zero monthly periods for over three to four months, she is suffering from a condition known as amenorrhea. A growing number of women are turning to acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to have their amenorrhea treated.

Amenorrhea, according to biomedicine, is the absence of menstruation and other characteristics pertaining to sex (i.e., pubic hair and breast development) in females around the age of 14 or zero menstruation of females by age 16 years of age with normal development of secondary sexual characteristics. Amenorrhea can also be a diagnosis if a woman who is not pregnant, breastfeeding or lactating, who is not in menopause or has not been using birth control pills, has been having normal menstruation ceases to menstruate for three months and over.

Some of the Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) explanations for amenorrhea

  • There is deficiency of blood in the female’s body
  • There is not enough kidney energy
  • Liver’s energy is not balanced

An acupuncturist will check the patient’s pulse exactly and in intricate detail if the patient is suspected of suffering from amenorrhea. The acupuncturist will always observe the patient thoroughly to know the root source of the patient’s condition.

There are patients that have been diagnosed with perimenopause by their gynecologist and some patients take birth control medications to normalize their menstruation. Women who are in perimenopause may still have the chance to experience menstruation.

Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners believe that a woman has very little chance in having a monthly period again if she has one or more of the following condition:

  1. If she has never experienced any period in her life.
  2. If she is over is 40 years old and had no period for over 14 years.
  3. If she is in menopause.

As an acupuncturist, I have treated several patients suffering from amenorrhea. One particular case was a woman around the age of 30. She had zero menstruation for more than a year. She was skinny, had a lifetime condition of being constipated, had sleeping problems, and had bad complexion and sensitive skin.

Initially, she was experiencing irregular periods and started to take birth control pills. After taking these medications, she experienced light bleeding which prompted her to take those pills. My diagnosis on her revealed that she was suffering from deficiency in blood and blood stasis. I examined her vital energy level (chi level) by using acupuncture and it was normal. Most of the patients with amenorrhea have weak chi level but this woman had adequate energy and so I could perform a better treatment on her with acupuncture.

The problem in her is that her energy communication was poor between the lower and upper body.

My first treatment of the patient already elicited a positive feeling in her. After a month she enjoyed a vast improvement in her symptoms. She began to sleep much better and her constipation was treated; but she still had no menstruation. After another 15 days, my patient reported some good news. At first, I thought it was merely some spotting, but after further observation, I saw that it was indeed a period. From then on she experienced normal and regular periods. The total length of treatment for her condition was six months. This case alone has proven that acupuncture indeed works for amenorrhea and every time someone calls me on the phone to ask if amenorrhea can be treated with acupuncture, I answer with an emphatic yes.

I always resolve amenorrhea with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

One thing you need to know (if you suffer from amenorrhea) is that you need a minimum of five acupuncture sessions that will involve the use of Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a proven treatment for a number of emotional and physical conditions. Some people may be very hard to convince that acupuncture can make them feel more vibrant and happy than they’ve ever felt before. Some patients describe the feeling after getting acupuncture saying that it felt like “floating in the air” for a week or even more and assuredly experiencing no stress at all. Besides acupuncture therapy, I would recommend to my patients with amenorrhea to:

  1. Not drink coffee or anything cold.
  2. Exercise everyday for at least 15 minutes each day.
  3. Not wear short skirt or tight jeans.
  4. Not drink alcohol or smoke.
  5. Follow the advice and dietary recommendations of the practitioner/acupuncturist.

 

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

 

04. April 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A woman who is still not in pre-menopause has amenorrhea when she does not experience any menstruation at all.   If a female does not undergo menstruation by the time she reaches 16 years of age, her amenorrhea is termed as primary amenorrhea. Secondary amenorrhea, on the other hand, means that the woman (if she is not breastfeeding, not in menopause or not pregnant) has not experienced any menstruation for over three months.  There are several possible causes for secondary amenorrhea. They may include dysfunctional ovaries, psychological disorders or stress, eating disorders, severe weight loss, intense exercise, hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, or elevated levels of androgens or prolactin.  Typical symptoms of amenorrhea include goiters, headaches, swollen breasts, nausea, and of course, the stoppage of menses.

Since normal menstrual cycles involve communication feedback between the ovaries, pituitary gland and the hypothalamus as well as the reaction of the uterine wall to stimulation, the objective of any treatment would be to bring back this communication feedback.  The process of menstruation can only occur with the involvement of several hormones. They include the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), androgen, progesterone, estrogen, prolactin, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).

How Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Address Amenorrhea

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the kidneys, spleen and liver are the most important organs for normalizing menstruation and blood. The kidneys govern egg quality as well as the process of reproduction, and conception. The liver and spleen are responsible for the smooth flow of the hormones and the amount of nutrients.  Acupuncturists treat patients with amenorrhea based on the evaluation of their specific condition and customize a proper and effective plan of treatment.

Acupuncture helps to bring about hormonal balance as well as help normalize the communication between the ovaries, pituitary gland and hypothalamus by improving circulation to the brain and the reproductive organs. This therapy likewise calms the body and lowers stress levels. The last part is important because stress can impair menstruation by obstructing the flow of blood to the reproductive organs that can result in hormonal imbalance.

Chinese Herbal medicine can thicken the uterine wall and enhance the feedback between the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis. This restoration of balance helps the body improve its natural hormonal production that in turn results in normal menstruation. Chinese herbal medicine also helps in the nourishment of the kidney, liver and spleen systems that is important for the woman’s reproductive health.

Therapeutic massage is also one way to stimulate the body to help restore a woman’s normal menstrual cycle.  Certain types of massage like the reproductive organ massage can stimulate the fascia of the pelvic cavity and enhance blood flow to the ovaries and improve the communication between the pituitary gland and the ovary. Therapeutic massage can enhance the function of the endocrine system through the enhancement of circulation to the pelvis area and by the healing of stress.

Dietary therapy is determined on the health of a woman’s spleen, liver and kidney systems. For her amenorrhea, the patient needs to eat lean meats, organic fruits and vegetables, and whole grains and consume less junk food, sugar to properly balance her hormones and bring back her normal menstrual cycle. Moreover, she needs to up her intake of essential fatty acids, B6, selenium, zinc, boron, vitamins A, D, C, K, E and calcium.

Western Medicine and Amenorrhea

The typical treatment protocol used by Western medicine for amenorrhea is the intake of birth control pills or hormone therapy to normalize the menstrual cycle. As with most cases, Western medicine can relieve the symptoms but cannot cure the condition itself.

Research and Related Materials on Amenorrhea

The Thousand Buddha Mountain Hospital located in Jinan, China conducted a study to gauge the potency of acupuncture as against certain drugs in treating amenorrhea. The study involved 95 subjects who have had amenorrhea that had lasted for half a year or more all caused by intake of birth control pills. Acupuncture therapy was given 57 of the subjects while the rest were given medications. The study involved six courses of treatments with each course consisting of 20 treatments. In between the courses, the subjects were allowed five-day breaks. The group given medicines was treated with Stilbestrol, then an injection of Progesteronum.   After a month, the group given acupuncture had an effective rate (improvement, great improvement and cure) of 96.49%, while the group given medicines showed an effective rate of 97.36%. After six months, the acupuncture group dropped to 94.73%; however, the effective rate of the group given medicines plunged to 78.94%. This outcome implied that acupuncture’s benefits last more than any conventional drug therapy.

A lot of studies done in China have shown that Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion and acupuncture have much better outcomes than conventional medicine when treating amenorrhea and other kinds of menstrual disorders.

 

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.